§ Mr. John Mackie
£16 million was the increase estimated in the cost of support in 1968–69 over 1967–68 before the Review determinations were taken into account. The effect of the determinations is estimated to increase this cost by a further £31 million. This figure of £31 million differs from the total Review determination of £52½ million for several reasons; in particular, price guarantees for some commodities do not involve Exchequer payments and the payment periods for some items do not correspond with the financial year.
§ Mr. Prior
Does this mean that, as a result of increasing minimum import prices, the subsidy will not be as great as it otherwise would be? If that is so, why have the Government changed their mind, and why has the hon. Gentleman changed his since he voted in favour of a levy system when the Measure was going through the House?
§ Mr. Mackie
Anything which changes the price of a commodity upwards reduces the size of the Exchequer contribution.